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REGION COUNTIES -- Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, Union (County Guide)


January 18, 2017

Remember to purchase your fishing license for 2017 OR buy a 10 year license! BUY YOUR LICENSE TODAY.  
SAFETY REMINDER – If there is ice in your area and you plan on heading out to ice fish, always check the ice before going on it.  Anglers are encouraged to wear life jackets, carry ice awls and wear ice cleats.  Fishing alone is discouraged.  Learn more about ice safety and fishing HERE.
Tioga and Western Lycoming County
Beechwood Lake  Fishing has been hit or miss for many anglers this season; however, anglers who are willing to change locations are having luck. 
 
Anglers are catching stocked trout using green paste baits, wax worms and medium shiners on tip-ups.  The trout are hanging just under the ice surface.
 
REMINDER – Beechwood Lake is a PFBC owned lake and has specific regulations for the property.  Make sure you review the property regulations before venturing out to fish.
 
Hamilton Lake – Anglers are catching Bluegills and Rock Bass near the water pump building.  The successful bait is waxworms on pink and white jig heads.  The fish are being found 1-2 feet off of the lake bottom. 
 
Anglers are also catching stocked trout approximately 1-3 feet under the ice using waxworms and small, gold spoons.
 
Pine Creek (Blackwell to Waterville) -  The new year rang in with cold temperatures making Pine Creek inaccessible due to ice accumulation.  With recent rain events, warmer temperatures and snowmelt, Pine Creek’s water levels have elevated.
 
The elevated water levels busted out the ice and the stream is now accessible; however, if you choose to fish Pine Creek make sure you keep an eye on the water levels.
 
Anglers are staying on the banks to target trout.  In the Catch and Release Section, anglers are catching trout approximately 10 feet off of the shore.  Large streamer patterns, crank baits, spinners and medium sized shiners fished on a minnow rig are working best. 
 
If you choose to fish more areas of Pine Creek from a drift boat or raft make sure you and your passengers are wearing your life vests.
 
Slate and Cedar Run – Due to early snowfall and snowmobile traffic, access to both Slate and Cedar Run is challenging.  Use caution if you venture up the icy roads.
 
Water levels are slightly above normal.  Anglers are catching trout in near structure (e.g. rocks, logs, banks).  Nymphs are working best (e.g. midge larvae; hares ear; blue wing olive nymphs; stone fly nymphs).  Medium sized streamer patterns are also working well. 
 
With warm weather over the last few days, anglers might see trout feeding on the surface.  If you are looking for dry fly fishing in the winter, fish Slate and Cedar during the warmer parts of the day.  Small midge patterns might work well.
Clinton County 
Fishing Creek – The water is still low, clear and cold.  Fishing is slow, but dedicated anglers are catching a few willing trout.  Nymphs (e.g. orange egg patterns; prince #12-16; beadhead pheasant tail #12-18) and un-weighted, olive streamers (size 6-10) are working best.    
Centre County
Black Moshannon Lake – Ice anglers are catching bass, Yellow Perch, Crappie and Bluegill.  Fish near the weedy edges using jigs.
Tip-ups, baited with shiners, and fished approximately 6 inches – 1 foot off are also working well.
Foster Joseph Sayers Lake – Anglers are ice fishing at the Hunter Run Cut area and the East/West Launch Coves.  Anglers are catching Crappie, Yellow Perch and Bluegills using jigs tipped with waxworms. 
REGULATION CHANGE – As of January 1, 2017 the regulations now allow anglers to harvest up to 10 Crappie; however, no more than 5 Crappie may exceed 9 inches.
 1.18.2017FosterJosephSayersLake.byBillSavage.jpgRecently, Shane Meyer (Port Matilda, PA), Quinn Williams (Port Matilda, PA) and Logan Harpster (Petersburg, PA) went ice fishing with their ice fishing mentor, Bill Savage.  They caught lots of Yellow Perch, Crappie and Bluegills that made for a delicious dinner!  Thank you for sharing your story!! (photo by Bill Savage).
Spring Creek–  Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. orange egg patterns; sowbugs, scuds, green weenie).  Anglers are also catching trout using olive and/or black streamer patterns #6-10.
On warmer days, anglers are seeing trout rise to midges and scattered Bluewing Olive Mayflies.
Anglers are catching trout on lower Spring Creek using streamers (e.g. size 6-10; olive or black colors), spinners, worms and waxworms.  The best time to be on the water is late morning or mid-afternoon.

 

january 11, 2017

 
Remember to purchase your fishing license for 2017 OR buy a 10 year license! BUY YOUR LICENSE TODAY.  
 SAFETY REMINDER – If there is ice in your area and you plan on heading out to ice fish, always check the ice before going on it.  Learn more about ice safety and fishing HERE.
Tioga County
Beechwood Lake – Anglers are catching panfish using waxworms.  Glow, pink, blue, silver and chartreuse jig colors are working well.
 
Hamilton Lake - At this time, Hamilton Lake is providing the most consistent fishing.  Anglers are catching a variety of panfish using waxworms.  A few anglers are also catching trout. 
 
Live, Fathead Minnows and Shiners are working well for bass and pickerel.
 
Hills Creek Lake - Currently, there is a lot of ice fishing pressure at Hills Creek.  This has resulted in a few slow fishing days.  Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and other panfish using waxworms.
 
Anglers are also catching bass and pickerel using live Fathead Minnows and Shiners.
 
Hammond Lake -  At this time the lake is fishable.  Anglers are catching bass, Crappie and Yellow Perch. 
 
NOTE - Hammond Lake is a flood control reservoir.  This makes ice conditions unpredictable after rain events.  Depending on the weather over the next few days, Hammond, might not be fishable this weekend. 
 
Always check ice conditions prior to going out on the ice!
 
 
Lots of ice fishing activity at Hills Creek State Park!  (photo by Hills Creek State park)
 Clinton County 
Fishing Creek – The water is low, clear and cold.  Fishing is slow, but dedicated anglers are catching a few willing trout.  Nymphs (e.g. prince #12-16; beadhead pheasant tail #12-18) and un-weighted, olive streamers (size 6-10) are working best.    
Centre County
Penns Creek – The water is low, clear and cold.  Anglers are catching a few trout in the deep holes/runs, near woody debris, large boulders and streambanks. 
Nymphs (e.g. beadhead prince #8-12; pheasant tail #14-20; caddis larva #12-16; rubber leg stonefly nymph #6-10) and sculpin patterns (size 4-10) are providing the most success. 
Spend some time in your favourite areas.  Switch up your retrieve and see what happens!
Spring Creek–  Upper Spring Creek is low.  Lower Spring Creek has more flow and is fishing well.  The water temperature is in the low 40s with some color.
Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. sowbugs, scuds, green weenie).  Anglers are also catching trout using olive and/or black streamer patterns #6-10.
On warmer days, anglers are seeing trout rise to midges and scattered Bluewing Olive Mayflies.
Anglers are catching trout on lower Spring Creek using streamers (e.g. size 6-10; olive or black colors) and spinners.  The best time to be on the water is late morning or mid-afternoon.

Reports compiled by Amidea Daniel (adaniel@pa.gov), Youth and Women's Program Coordinator, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.